LeVar Burton: 'No Matter the Outcome, I've Won' as 'Jeopardy!' Close to Choosing New Host

Jeopardy! guest host LeVar Burton said on Thursday that "no matter the outcome, I've won," as the popular game show nears closer to choosing a new permanent host.

"I have said many times over these past weeks that no matter the outcome, I've won. The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If love is the ultimate blessing and I believe that it is, I am truly blessed beyond measure," Burton, the former host of PBS's Reading Rainbow, wrote in a tweet.

I have said many times over these past weeks that no matter the outcome, I’ve won. The outpouring of love and support from family, friends, and fans alike has been incredible! If love is the ultimate blessing and I believe that it is, I am truly blessed beyond measure. 🙏🏾

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) August 5, 2021

Following the death of longtime Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek in November, the popular game show has continued to feature a wide array of new guest hosts in the search for a permanent one.

In addition to Burton, who served as the show's guest host from July 26 to July 30, Jeopardy! fans have seen guest hosts such as award-winning journalist Katie Couric, CNN host Anderson Cooper, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, ABC's Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos and the show's "Greatest of All Time" champion Ken Jennings.

During a recent interview with the Wall Street Journal podcast, The Journal, Jeopardy! Executive Producer Mike Richards said that the show will likely choose a new host later this summer.

However, a new report from Variety suggested that the Richards, who also served as a guest host, is likely to be named the permanent host. According to Variety, there are still other candidates in the mix to be possibly named the permanent host of Jeopardy! but an unnamed source close to the situation said that Richards is currently the top choice.

Despite the recent report from Variety, a new poll from OnePoll found that Jennings ranked as America's top choice for the show's permanent host, while Burton ranked as respondents third favorite guest host so far. The poll also found that a vast majority of Americans ranked Burton's performance on the show as either good or great.

In addition to his tweet on Thursday, Burton has made several comments about his desire to be named the permanent host of Jeopardy!

In September 2020, Burton responded to a tweet about Jeopardy! choosing a possible replacement for Trebek and wrote, "Not gonna lie, I feel like I've been preparing my whole life to occupy the @Jeopardy host podium when Alex retires."

Not gonna lie, I feel like I’ve been preparing my whole life to occupy the @Jeopardy host podium when Alex retires. #Jeopardy https://t.co/N1HrMTCaYI

— LeVar Burton (@levarburton) September 22, 2020

Burton made similar comments during a recent interview with GQ where he said that "I've gone out on a limb and actually put it out there that I want that job, because I do think it's a logical and natural progression for me. We'll see if Sony Pictures Entertainment feels the same way."

Newsweek was directed to Burton's tweet after reaching out to his spokesperson for further comment.

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LeVar Burton said on Thursday that “no matter the outcome, I’ve won,” as the popular game show, "Jeopardy!" comes closer to choosing a new permanent host. Above, LeVar Burton attends the 2020 Breakthrough Prize at NASA Ames Research Center on November 3, 2019 in Mountain View, California. Ian Tuttle/Getty